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CAROLYN

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  • Ask for It

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (521)

    Nothing incites Marcus more than the primal hunger roused by his former fiancée, Elizabeth. It’s been years since she jilted him for another man, but that only means there’s a lot to catch up on, a lot to make up for, and that he’s going to enjoy every sweet moment.… The same drive and passion that sent her into another man’s arms is what brings Elizabeth back to Marcus. Her attraction to him is the one thing she fears, but she’s run out of options. Resisting is impossible. But does she have the courage to surrender everything?

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - THREE WORDS PERFECT DELICIOUS HOT"
    "FIVE STARS - THREE WORDS PERFECT DELICIOUS HOT"
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    This is book 1 of SD's Regency series and I only hope Audible will continue to give us more from this brilliant and very talented author as this had everything a historical romance lover looks for in a listen.

    A passion filled, well described and interesting storyline with a few plot twists, strong and likeable characters, a handsome tormented dominant Rake (don't we just love 'em) and the love scenes are both sensual and sweet. All this performed by the gifted Justine Eyre who breathes life into the characters and makes it a very pleasureable listen.

    For the 'got to get it historically correct' listeners I am sure that in the Regency era there weren't such four letter words used as is in this book (which wasn't even an issue for me) but with a shrug and a "hey so what" surely overlooking them should be easy and ..... this was SD's first ever Manuscript !!

    Worth a credit? Absolutely YES but at $9.79 (can't believe the price) I just bought it and saved my credit for a more expensive but probably not more deserving or enjoyable book - but be warned - if you don't like a 'hot and heavy' listen then look elsewhere.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
    "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
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    Just when you think you've heard the last of a good vampire book BANG this series hits Audible's vast Library and you dare to hope that it's going to be good. Well I can happily tell you it's not only good..…. it's positively great.

    The dark, handsome, sexy and very Alpha Lord of the West Coast Vampires Raphael needs the help of a P.I. and Cynthia (aka Cyn) is more than capable at what she does but isn't prepared for the raw power that oozes out of Raphael he rules, he orders and all obeys him but although Cyn is frightened she is also fearless. Their attraction slowly simmers in the background then all of a sudden it erupts and the sex is frenzied, powerful and memorable and the sexual tension becomes intense. The romance runs alongside the other main plot of kidnapping, spies, murder, Russian vamps, a take-over bid, intrigue and some tense nail-biting times as the well described plot of who, when and why plays out with characters that are loveable, likeable, interesting and some that are just plain evil.

    Worth a credit? It was exciting, fast-paced, addictive, action-packed, fresh and I couldn't stop listening (being desperate to get to the HEA part) BUT shock and horror, no it's not a cliffhanger, it's a 'to be continued' listen which was equally a 'rip you hair out and scream' moment and very frustrating. However, very credit-worthy and an auto download for book 2 and I only hope that the wait is going to be a short one….. because I want it like yesterday!!!!.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Entanglement

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gina L. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Jordy says: "Hot! Hot! Freakin HOT!"
    "IT LEAVES YOU WITH THAT 'FEEL GOOD' FEELING"
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    Max was a handsome, carefree, no-strings kinda guy until he got to the Airport late to pick up his Sister's best friend Vanessa and, although she was really pi**ed off with him, their mutual attraction simmered. So he had to tread carefully because he desperately wanted to get to know the beautiful, intelligent and fiery redhead.

    Very enjoyable Contemporary Romance with likeable characters whose love story captured me from the start and kept me riveted with clever dialogue and witty banter, sexual chemistry, passion filled sex scenes and the touching and tender feel good chapters.

    Worth a credit? This was even better than book 1 and could be a stand alone well-written listen that'll have you begging for more from this talented Author.... so YES another credit well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Awesome!"
    "OH HOW THESE MADDOX BROTHERS WILL GET TO YOU"
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    Beautiful Oblivion is a great title for this book because that's how I was feeling - oblivious -about the outside world whilst listening and you know it's a good listen when you just can't wait to get back to it to hear what's going to happen next.

    Cami has a long distance boyfriend TJ and she's quite happy.... until one of the oh so good looking Maddox brothers, Trenton (who's a drool-worthy, sexy, tattooed fighter) starts making his move and he just won't take no for an answer but TJ wasn't giving in easily. Which was all really touching, funny, sad and romantic but there's a BIG secret she's holding back from Trenton which had me guessing but it was a "WHAT... GASP" surprise at the end when it was finally revealed.

    There was also a sub love story about Trenton's brother Travis and the girl he'd fallen for but, because this is a new Author to me, I hadn't realised their story has already been released in the Disaster books (which I'm about to download now). And another sub love plot about her best friend and room-mate Raegan's love life.

    Worth a credit? It was well-written, very addictive, there was drama and angst, had lots of "oh no's" and "yaye's" in it, with loveable characters and it was sweet, romantic and YES very creditworthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbelonging: Unbelonging, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sabrina Stark
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    She's a poor girl from Hamtramck. He's a billionaire bad boy from Detroit. They should've never crossed paths. But when they do, thanks to Chloe's latest housesitting gig, the collision of sparks, secrets, and misunderstandings leaves both of them yearning to belong exactly where they shouldn't - with each other.

    Christen says: "Finally, a Somewhat Original Story!"
    "SORRY BUT I'M ON THE FENCE WITH THIS ONE"
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    This was an ok listen but most of it was Chloe.... her thoughts, her needs, her actions, her wants, her insecurities, her mood, her feelings... well you get the drift and only sometimes is there actual conversations between her and other characters. She is hiding so many secrets but gets annoyed when Lawton asks what's wrong. She neither shares or gives him any helpful information and, although he has plenty of secrets if his own, I feel it's only Lawton that's truly working at the relationship. But without truth and trust they have nothing.

    The relationship didn't happen until late in the book, the sex scenes needed work and there was no real romance because they're both hiding so much from each other and the Author just skipped the two weeks that they were together. Chloe had such a depressing life with her step Mother's bad attitude, her finances, her job, her car, her stolen phone and her Career and when she took 'that picture' you just knew what was going to happen.

    Worth a credit? Really likeable, thoughtful, kind and drool-worthy Billionaire Hero but a Heroine that's independent, strong but poor with an attitude that'll drive you round the bend. Because of the tasty covers I downloaded both books available (yes folks I'm that shallow) and I'm glad to say that book 2 is sounding better than book 1, because going on the merits of book 1, then I wouldn't have bothered following this trilogy which ends on a cliffhanger. Hopefully this Author is finding her way and, by book 2 or 3 she will have upped her game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Ropes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more . . . Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless. The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault.

    Jordy says: "I’m a sucker for strong Alpha males!"
    "I JUST DIDN'T WANT THIS LISTEN TO END"
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    I gambled on a new Author and what joy to find this very enjoyable listen was funny, fast-paced, sexy, passionate and has quick witty dialogue and some truly interesting secondary characters.

    But the main story is about penniless Makayla finding a part-time job where there's instant sexual chemistry with her boss, Torment, the drool-worthy sexy Alpha hunk who just happens to own, and is the top fighter, in the Fight Club. Makayla doesn't know what Career path she wants to take and suppressed memories of a childhood trauma makes her reluctant to join in with Torment's mild BDSM sex games. However, Torment has lots of secrets, a double-life and a haunting dark past that brings out his overprotective, demanding and dominant side (with ropes). Although they shouldn't be good for each other they can't help but feel the tension and the powerful lust that's building between them. Can either one change before it's too late and will Makayla finally know what she wants to do with her life..... oh it's a peachy listen.

    Worth a credit? Take a sweet, very hot romance between two loveable characters, add a non stop action-packed plot, a Fight Club and some funny secondary characters and top it off with some lol moments and then YES, you've got a very creditworthy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (228)

    Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears, and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life - freeing others like him. True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman - the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim, too.

    Mona says: "Excellent"
    "AN ACTION-PACKED, IMAGINATIVE & SEXY LISTEN"
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    Well now that we're on book 11 of this exciting series that never disappoints it goes without saying that any Laurann Dohner fan will love this next instalment of life in the Compound.... as True (aka 710) is the next New Species to find and claim his mate.

    There's so much in these books... hot sexy Alpha beasts, excitement, suspense, passion, romance, New Species sex (!!!), thrills, twists, villains and a great cast of characters who all add to the drama filled hours. Both True and Jeanie are loveable characters with a horrific past to connect them and, although True is now free, Jeanie is fighting accusations, lies and an mastermind who wants to silence her. But both of them deserve to be happy for all the trauma they've been through and for being the perfect mate for each other.

    Worth a credit? As with the previous 10 it's a definite YES and I suppose this could be a stand-alone listen but you'd be missing key elements and so many great and imaginative stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Take Me: A Stark Novella (Stark Trilogy #3.5)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (213)

    "I've long dreamed of my fairy tale wedding, but it wasn't until I met Damien Stark - who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch - that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life. But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armor. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear."

    Amazon Customer says: "Not in Love"
    "A SHORT BUT BEAUTIFUL ENDING"
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    After coming off the 'high' of listening to the trilogy back-to-back I found this Novella short, sweet and not much else. There was a drama about Nikki's dress and we get to celebrate with them the happy event but it could all of been done as an Epilogue to book 3 which would have made more sense.

    But I'm still giving it 4 stars because of the romance, the love and they both so deserve this HEA ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Complete Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (535)

    For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Complete Me the final book of the Stark Trilogy!"
    "AN AWESOME NAIL-BITING CLIMATIC CONCLUSION"
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    Damien and Nikki are really going through some traumatic times in their relationship with lots of twists, turns and surprises in store for their very romantic but obsessive relationship. I thought many of the heart felt phrases that were said were very touching and I really sympathised with Damien but I felt there was just too much sex in this one (I know, I know but there it is I've said it and it's unfortunately true) because sometimes the sex just seemed to go on and on paragraph after paragraph that I found myself skipping through some.

    However, it was still an enjoyable exciting trilogy with all the highs and lows that these two lovers have had to go through to eventually get their HEA. It's got strong language, very hot sex scenes and they should be read in order to get the full impact of the tumultuous journey and character growth and development that Damien and Nikki have both undergone to finally deserve each other's trust, faith and love.

    Worth a credit? Any way you want to get this trilogy the listen is so going to be worth it and now I have to say a sad farewell to characters that have annoyed, entertained and frustrated me but above all, I've also loved them..... and every single minute of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claim Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (694)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (653)

    Damien Stark’s need is palpable - his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely.

    Katheryne says: "50 Shades better than the rest..."
    "EVEN BETTER THAN BOOK 1... THINGS ARE HEATING UP"
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    As the last words from book 1 faded away I was eagerly loading this second instalment with no waiting months or forgetting the plot.... just a smooth continuation of Damien and Nikki's story (awesome).

    Yes he's gorgeous, sexy, arrogant, demanding and possessive but he's also misjudged, tortured, complex, caring and very very needy for Nikki who is desperately trying to hold on to her job, her sanity and Damien... her rock. As their 'contract' comes to an end they continue their intense obsessive liaison and, as the sizzling chemistry, passion, erotic and romantic times heat up, Damien becomes even more demanding.... but the secrets are there waiting to do their worst on a H/H who are just two damaged kindred spirits. Who can be trusted, who leaked the information to the Press and why? And, as Damien and Nikki have been opening up, sharing and building on trust and hope, will it be cruelly torn away from them by a yet to be discovered enemy.

    Worth a credit? This series is building and building and sub plots and characters are being added all the time which makes it a very enjoyable and unpredictable listen. There's even more hot n heavy times in this one and some bad language and dirty phrases too... so if you can stand the heat then it's well worth the credit.
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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Release Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (855)

    He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past - and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him - and us - forever.

    Katheryne says: "Why isn't this book in your library????"
    "SHE WAS JUST AN INNOCENT MOTH TO HIS RED HOT FLAME"
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    I thought I'd just download the first book and see how the story went but halfway into this I downloaded all the rest in the series and what a joy it was to be able to listen to the entire series in one go.

    Damien is rich, uber handsome, successful, sexy, charismatic and is used to getting his own way but he's haunted by his dark past and has more secrets than cars!! But as soon as his and Nikki's eyes meet the world fades away and so starts an incredibly needy, obsessive, erotic and romantic love story. A full cast of secondary characters who find themselves involved, one way or another, in the lover's lives. Damien makes Nikki an offer that she can't refuse but she is hiding deep emotional and physical scars of her own and is desperate to keep her independence but her world is about to be changed forever when someone betrays them.

    Worth a credit? It was enjoyable, entertaining, emotional, romantic and very very hot with a dialogue to match and I know there's going to be a lot more drama before these two tortured souls get to see a HEA.... so YEAH, IMHO, very creditworthy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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